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Media Minister says there is no ban on any news website

Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera says there is no ban on any news website.The Minister said that there have been reports of some news websites being blocked. However he said that there is no point in blocking access to any website locally as those websites can be accessed through proxy websites.The Minister was speaking at an event organised by the Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association in Colombo today. (Colombo Gazette)

Brock Education examines diversity issues

The most recent issue of Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice is now available online.Five of the six articles featured in this issue deal with diversity issues.? To read the articles, just visit the website and register.Brock Education is a peer-reviewed Canadian journal published twice a year. It welcomes papers from authors with an interest in the research and practice of teaching and learning at all levels:elementary and secondary schoolsteacher education and teacher developmenthigher education and adult educationeducation in the community or workplaceThe journal is an open-access forum for educators and scholars to disseminate their work and make a substantial contribution to the field in Canada and around the world.Volume 21(1) is the first issue of Brock Education to feature cover art by Peter Vietgen, the journal’s art editor and an associate professor in the Faculty of Education. Each issue will feature a new photograph Vietgen has taken at Brock.Julian Kitchen is the journal’s editor and Catherine Longboat, former editorial assistant, is now assistant editor. read more

Nancy Pelosi unveils an ambitious plan to lower drug prices

WASHINGTON — Putting her stamp on the health care issue that worries consumers the most, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to lower drug prices for seniors on Medicare and younger people with private insurance.Pelosi, D-Calif., would empower Medicare to negotiate prices for the 250 costliest drugs, including insulin. Pharmaceutical companies that refuse to negotiate could face steep penalties. Additionally, drugmakers that hike prices beyond inflation would have to pay rebates to Medicare.The plan would limit copays for seniors covered by Medicare’s “Part D” prescription drug program to $2,000. And Medicare-negotiated prices would be available to other buyers, such as employer health plans.The plan is Pelosi’s marker in what’s shaping up as a high-stakes negotiation to determine if a drug pricing compromise can pass Congress this year or if Democrats and Republicans will take their differences into the 2020 elections.The sweeping legislation leans left politically and appears to be tailor-made for Pelosi’s Democratic majority in the House. But in a signal that Pelosi wants a deal, it also incorporates ideas from the Trump administration and from Republican and Democratic senators.A solid majority of Americans, regardless of partisan affiliation, says lowering prescription drug costs should be a top priority for Congress this year. Overall, 70 per cent deemed that a top priority in a poll earlier this month from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.President Donald Trump appears eager to sign prescription drug legislation and lower costs, but most Republicans oppose the Medicare negotiations that are the centerpiece of Pelosi’s plan. The 2003 law that created Medicare’s prescription drug benefit barred the program from negotiating prices, a restriction Democrats have long opposed.As a candidate, Trump backed Medicare negotiations. But after Trump was elected president, he seemed to revert to the traditional Republican position that price negotiations are best left to private players like insurance companies.With tens of billions of dollars in profits at stake, drugmakers are determined to block any major changes to payment policies. But the industry’s powerful lobbying group, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, has been taking fire from all sides, from liberal Democrats to pro-business Republicans. Trump once accused drug companies of “getting away with murder.”Pelosi’s proposal would:— Authorize Medicare to negotiate prices for the drugs with the greatest total cost to the program and the U.S. health care system. That includes pharmacy drugs covered through the popular “Part D” prescription benefit, along with “Part B” medications dispensed in doctors’ offices, a category that covers many cancer drugs. The maximum price would be determined using a blend of international prices, an idea similar to a more limited proposal from the Trump administration. Insulin prices would be subject to negotiations. Drug companies that balk at making a deal would face penalties that start at 65% of sales for the drug at issue and would escalate if they hold out.— Require drugmakers to pay rebates to Medicare if they hike their prices beyond the increase in inflation. That idea resembles a bipartisan plan from Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The senators’ proposal has already cleared a key committee, with Trump’s support. But many Senate Republicans oppose inflation rebates, and it’s unclear what Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to do next.— Limit what seniors pay out of pocket for their medications to $2,000 a year. Currently, Medicare’s pharmacy benefit has no cap on copays, and the advent of drugs costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year has left some seniors saddled with bills that rival a mortgage payment. An out-of-pocket limit also is part of the Grassley-Wyden bill, and the idea also is backed by the Trump administration.Pelosi’s office says her plan is to have the legislation introduced and moved through House committees to a vote on the floor. If compromise can be reached among House Democrats, the Trump White House and lawmakers in the Senate, a drug pricing package could be added to year-end budget legislation.Movement in Congress comes at a time when criticism of the industry — from Trump and lawmakers of both parties — appears to be having an effect on prices.The Commerce Department’s inflation index for prescription drug prices has declined in seven of the last eight months, which is highly unusual. That index includes lower-cost generic drugs.The story is different for brand name drugs, however. A recent analysis by The Associated Press shows that on average prices are still going up but at a slower pace. The cost of brand name drugs is most concerning to consumers, because it translates to steep copays for insured patients.The AP analysis found that in the first seven months of 2019, drugmakers raised list prices for brand name medicines by a median, or midpoint, of 5%.That does reflect a slowdown. Prices were going up 9% or 10% over those months the prior four years.But there were 37 price increases for every decrease in the first seven months of 2019.Pricing data for the AP analysis came from the health information firm Elsevier.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press read more

Prince Rupert ports 90million road rail project complete

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The last spike has been driven into a $90-million road and rail corridor project in Prince Rupert, B.C., that politicians and business leaders say will boost Canada’s trade capacity with Asia-Pacific markets.The eight-kilometre corridor includes five parallel rail tracks, a two-lane road and a port-owned power distribution system, all designed to support future development at the northern coastal port.The project is part of a long-term plan giving the port the capacity to ship goods such as potash and liquefied natural gas and other Canadian products to international markets.It took two years to complete the corridor, with funds coming from the federal and provincial governments, the Prince Rupert Port Authority, CN, and potash exporter Canpotex.B.C. Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone says the project is symbolic of B.C.’s leading role in developing new transportation corridors to the fast growing economies of the Asia Pacific.CN senior vice-president Western Region Michael Cory says the project is the result of positive co-operation between governments and the private sector and will allow for future terminals on the larger the terminal. by The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2015 5:44 pm MDT Last Updated May 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prince Rupert port’s $90-million road, rail project complete read more

Commentary an athletes ability not sexuality needs to be focus

Courtesy of MCTThe LGBT rights movement seems to slowly but surely be making progress in the United States. Same-sex marriage is only legalized in nine states and the District of Columbia, but three of those states voted to legalize marriage in the 2012 elections. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is currently debating the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, which both define marriage as only between a man and a woman.While many politicians, entertainment and TV personalities have revealed their homosexuality in recent years and have received widespread support from their peers, the world of sports, and in particular men’s sports, has not progressed as quickly.The civil rights movement toward LGBT acceptance within sports took a big step forward on Monday, when NBA center Jason Collins became the first active player to come out as gay in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL).“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins wrote to open a cover story for Sports Illustrated that was published online Monday.In one sentence, Collins broke a longstanding barrier within men’s professional team sports. While there have been athletes in all four major sports leagues to reveal their homosexuality after retiring from professional sports, none has come out with the intent of continuing their career in professional sports.“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” Collins wrote in Sports Illustrated. “But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.”Collins is a 12-year NBA veteran who has played for six different teams, has scored more than 2,500 points and grabbed more than 2,500 rebounds in his career, and is known for being a physical player — Collins led the NBA with 322 personal fouls for the 2004-05 season.Being gay didn’t stop him from doing any of that.There is one caveat in Collins’ status as an active professional athlete: he may never play another NBA game. As a member of two different teams (Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards) this season, he scored just 41 points in 38 games, and he will be a free agent this summer.It shouldn’t matter.The fact that Collins is revealing his homosexuality, having played in the NBA and still intending to play in the NBA, is a step forward in itself. Even more importantly, Collins has received support publicly from numerous current and former NBA star players, including Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Shaquille O’Neal and Magic Johnson.“Jason’s sexuality doesn’t change the fact that he is a great friend and was a great teammate,” Kidd, who is currently a New York Knicks point guard and previously played for the New Jersey Nets with Collins, tweeted Monday.Collins’ supporters have ranged far and wide, also including Michelle Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and former Columbus Crew soccer player Robbie Rogers, who came out as gay in February but also retired simultaneously.Kluwe is the co-author of an amicus brief titled “Athletes’ Brief,” along with NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (who also tweeted his support for Collins on Monday), that was sent to the Supreme Court in March in petition opposing Proposition 8, and was signed by a number of professional athletes and sports-related figures who support marriage equality.The NFL has not had any active player come out as gay yet, but during an event at OSU on April 8, Kluwe said he thinks the issue will “blow over in a month or two” once one NFL player does come out as gay.“The first guy or guys that come out, yeah, there’s going to be some attention, but after that, no one will care,” Kluwe said. “Then it becomes, how well can you play football, which is the way it should be.”Now that a male professional athlete in a major sport has come out as gay, we get to find out whether the issue will “blow over” quickly.Earlier this month, Brittney Griner acknowledged her own homosexuality in an interview with Sports Illustrated after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.“I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way,” Griner told Sports Illustrated.Griner’s acknowledgement did not receive nearly the attention that Collins’ story did on Monday. Women’s sports, however, has had a precedent of star athletes being openly gay, including three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes and tennis legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.Regardless of whether Collins plays another NBA game or not, his revelation has set that precedent for male professional athletes.Between Collins, Griner and Rogers all acknowledging their homosexuality within the past three months, the hope is that more professional athletes who are closeted homosexuals will feel comfortable being open about their own sexuality.Furthermore, the support they have received from not only the sports community, but the community at large, should provide an inspiration for LGBT athletes at all levels to embrace who they are, and know that there are many members of the community who will support them for being who they are.If the current trend continues, we may not be too far removed from a nation where being a homosexual athlete is no longer a story, and we will be able to focus simply upon how well an athlete, regardless of their sexuality, can play their sport. That is, like Kluwe said, the way it should be. read more

Ohio State mens tennis sweeps 2 home matches

Senior Peter Kobelt serves the ball during a match against Xavier Jan. 22 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 7-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWith a winter storm approaching fast, the men’s tennis team made quick work of two opponents Tuesday at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.The Buckeyes did not surrender a set in either match during their doubleheader against  in-state foes Youngstown State and Wright State. They were wins No. 6 and 7 on the year for the undefeated, No. 5 Buckeyes.“We don’t usually take a week off in February,” coach Ty Tucker said after the Buckeyes took down Wright State, 4-0. “It was nice to play some matches and get a couple wins.”In OSU’s first match of the day against the Penguins, the No. 2 doubles team of redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz were the first to record a point for the Buckeyes, defeating Youngstown State seniors Rodrigo Campos and Zeeshan Ismail, 6-0.OSU redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and freshman Marko Goles-Babic followed with a 6-2 win over junior Dawoud Kabli and senior Sebastian Hagn on court one.Callahan continued to cruise in singles play, beating YSU freshman Sharvil Nawghare 6-1, 6-0 on court six. Within minutes of each other, Steinbach defeated Kabli (6-2, 6-1) and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka beat Ismail (6-0, 6-2) to capture the match.“It’s good to shake the rust off … to get back on the court,” Callahan said. “We play practice sets, but when you go out in a match, it’s a little different. It’s good just to get back on the court.”The meeting with Wright State followed the same script, as OSU took care of the Raiders. Callahan and freshman Herkko Pollanen played first in this match, taking down Wright State senior Michal Lyzwa and junior Lauri Makikalli, 6-0, on court two.After holding serve the first five games, Metka and Goles-Babic went on to clinch the doubles point on court one with a 6-2 victory against Wright State senior Hayden Joblin and junior Ricardo Pineda.“It was good, last week, to let our bodies recover a little bit,” Metka said. “It’s good to get back to the matches, though. That’s what we look forward to.”The bottom half of the singles lineup iced the match for the Buckeyes. Callahan continued his strong outing by dropping a double bagel (6-0, 6-0) on court six, this time against Raider junior Aaron Madaris. Metka was right behind with a 6-1, 6-3 win on court four against Pineda. Goles-Babic didn’t show any lack of inexperience as he clinched it with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph on court five against Lyzwa.The matches with the Raiders and Penguins were the final tune-ups before the heavy part of OSU’s schedule takes place. The Buckeyes are slated to play No. 13 Kentucky Friday and No. 9 Texas A&M Sunday in Columbus.“Two huge matches coming to town,” Tucker said. “We’ve got to get rested and a couple guys have to get better, but I’m confident we’ll be ready to play.”Friday’s match against Kentucky is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. read more

Police warning as footage of violent attack on Met officers emerges

Last month, footage emerged of armed robber Owen Smith dragging PC Ellie Young from a patrol car as he tried to flee a raid on an Esso garage in Horsham.She was left with arm, leg, shoulder and neck injuries after continuing to tackle him alongside colleague PC Vicky Canales.Smith was jailed for 14 years at Hove Crown Court for his part in the raid.PC Anne Bloomfield was left with a fractured skull after being attacked with a Champagne bottle.She had stepped into support a colleague who had been punched and kicked at a property in Nottingham but sustained a hairline fracture of her eye socket, a black eye and bruising to her face and hand. She later admitted she thought she was going to die.Lee Carl Wright was charged with GBH without intent and was jailed for just two years eight months.Another female officer from Nottinghamshire was knocked unconscious by a suspect who hit her with a pair of handcuffs.Chris Bryant, the Labour MP who sponsored the new emergency workers legislation, said the footage of the Merton attack “turned your stomach”.But he warned:  “The bill will only be effective if there are enough police officers to implement it and there is the will to act. A man was seen jumping and kicking a police officer in the head “We need to have the police, the prosecutors and the courts all lined up and taking it seriously but they also need government backing.”Dave Keen, chairman of the Nottinghamshire Police Federation, said the force was “at a tipping point” and that criminals were becoming aware that back up was further away.“Policing is at risk,” he said. “Every day, officers are going out at fear of being attacked. I would issue a plea to the courts to use these new powers and take it seriously.” Police leaders have warned they will tell officers to let violent suspects go if they do not have broader support following an attack on a female PC.Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said if officers were going to get assaulted for simply doing their job, then it was not worth putting themselves at risk.He spoke out after video footage emerged of two officers locked in a violent struggle as they tried to make an arrest in Merton, south London, on Saturday.A female police officer was filmed being kicked in the head during the routine traffic stop, before being left lying dazed in the road clutching her head just feet away from a passing bus.Her male colleague was dragged around in the road as he tried to stop a suspect in a white tracksuit from running away.The female officer had tried to use incapacitant spray on the pair but to no effect.Both were hospitalised following the attack, treated for head injuries and cuts. Martin Payne, 20, from Croydon, was detained and charged with assault under new legislation designed to toughen up sentences for those who attack emergency workers. The other two suspects remain at large.Mr Marsh said: “Are we now in a society where, if we think we can’t detain somebody, we just let them go? It’s just not worth it.”We’re going to come to a point where we’re going to start pushing messages out to our colleagues: ‘Risk-assess it dynamically and, if you think you can’t detain a person, just let them go.'”We don’t come to work to get assaulted, and if we’re not going to be backed up in what we’re doing then what is the point?”He told the Telegraph that their numbers and finances had been “stripped down to the bone”, warning that a police officer in London was attacked every hour.“Society has changed, people think it’s OK to drop kick a police officer in broad daylight because they have impunity – nothing really happens.”He said the new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act would only help if it is legislated correctly and the powers are used.The latest attack follows a spate of assaults on female officers. A man was seen jumping and kicking a police officer in the head A member of the public helped the male officer in the struggle but several cars went past without stopping and the person filming the attack did not appear to step in and help. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Soldier battling PTSD and with spiralling gambling debts jailed for migrant smuggling

Private Thomas Lake from the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, who was killed in Afghanistan Hadi Hassan was used as a go-between to reach out to migrants in the camps and arrange the crossings, the court heard.The 35-year-old was jailed for two years and eight months after being brought back to the UK from Turkey to face the charges.The conspiracy took place between March and May 2016.The court was told Harris brought three people into the country to Nottingham, Peterborough and Banbury during several trips in April after arranging the details over text.Ahmed arranged to pay Harris £2,500 in advance and a further £2,500 once each of the migrants had been delivered to the UK.He met them at a McDonald’s restaurant in Coquelles – just outside Calais and close to the entrance to the Channel Tunnel.Harris was arrested in May 2016 when an Iraqi and a Syrian migrant were found in the back of his car by border officials and was handed a suspended 21-month prison sentence after admitting the single offence.He was dishonourably discharged from the Army and has since found work as a Surrey pub chain manager.But he never volunteered any further information about the wider conspiracy and the court previously heard claims he boasted at the base about his escapades. The Army was “his life” but after the death he became withdrawn and was “struggling with demons”, having nightmares and experiencing insomnia, Ms Gillard said, adding: “The events that day led directly in a downward spiral to him committing these offences.”He was put on anti-depressants but given “very little assistance” by the Army mental health team so turned to drink, drugs and then became addicted to gambling using the base camp wifi late at night, racking up debts of £30,000 and so was “desperate for money”.Judge Adele Williams gave him credit for pleading guilty to conspiracy to assist in unlawful immigration and money laundering – reducing his sentence to a total of three years in light of his personal circumstances.She said: “You have served your country and suffered PTSD as a result of your service and witnessed the death of your best friend.”Middlesbrough car wash owner Zinden Ahmed was jailed for 10 years for his part in the conspiracy and possession with intent to supply a class A drug after around 136 grams (5oz) of high-purity cocaine with the street value of £13,600 was found at his home.The 36-year-old, who has two young children and has lived in the UK for 15 years, initially recruited Harris to bring his brother Huner Ahmed into the UK but the plot then became a “commercial” venture to bring in other Kurds. Private Thomas Lake from the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, who was killed in Afghanistan He tried to save him but watched in vain as he died, Ms Gillard said.Described as a courageous and disciplined soldier who had served in the Army for six years in frontline infantry, Harris was trusted with “significant roles above his rank” and had an “exemplary disciplinary record” including several “significant achievements” such as winning medals for his work, Ms Gillard said. A soldier “desperate” for money joined a ring of migrant smugglers so he could pay off spiralling gambling debts prompted by the horror of seeing his best friend killed in action, a court has heard.Lance Corporal Kyle Harris was jailed for three years on Friday for his part in the conspiracy which saw him earn £5,000 a time for smuggling Kurdish asylum seekers into the UK from the Calais Jungle.The member of the Princess of Wales Regiment served two tours in Afghanistan before moving to the Barker Barracks in Paderborn, Germany.While on leave, he would travel home hiding migrants in the boot of his car, Maidstone Crown Court heard.The 30-year-old, dressed in a dark suit with white shirt and grey tie, wiped tears from his eyes as defence barrister Isabelle Gillard told the court how he battled post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after seeing his best friend and colleague blown up by a bomb.Private Thomas Lake, 29, died in 2011 while Harris was completing his second tour of an isolated part of Helmand Province. Walton Hornsby, prosecuting, said Harris needed “very little encouragement” and would have continued had he not been caught.Andrew Hill, defending Ahmed, said he was a hard-working man who became “embroiled in criminality” after fulfilling his quest to bring his brother into the UK.Judge Williams said: “This became a commercial operation despite the fact there were some humanitarian and loyalty motives.”She acknowledged the “personal tragedy” of each defendant but said they had “no regard at all” for the need of the authorities to record and carry out checks on who was entering the UK and the “mischief” of their offending was to evade border officials.Fellow serving soldier of the same regiment David Plumstead, 24, was cleared of the same charge at an earlier trial after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence for the case against him to proceed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Cummins displays innovative range of fullyintegrated power generation solutions at Mining Indaba

first_imgAn innovative range of fully-integrated power generation solutions will be displayed at the 2015 Mining Indaba by Cummins – a global leader in manufacturing, sales and servicing of diesel engines and related technology. This year’s event is being hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 9 to 12 February 2015. Cummins Power Generation Director Kenneth Gaynor highlights that Mining Indaba 2015 will assist in giving a better understanding of the solutions that Cummins can provide. “Mining Indaba 2015 will host some of the world’s largest mining companies, as well as world renowned macro-economists and industry experts. This serves as the ideal platform for us display our unrivalled capabilities, while participating in discussions and sharing ideas which can help to improve and grow the mining industry in Africa,” he explains.Cummins PowerGen is a world leader in the design and manufacture of pre-integrated generator sets, ranging from 8 kVA to 3,300 kVA. The division is able to meet all African mining projects’ energy needs, including; continuous, prime, peaking, standby, cogeneration or a complete turnkey power plant. All major components including engine, alternator, transfer switches and control systems are designed and manufactured “according to the highest standards of quality set by Cummins.”Gaynor adds that mining operations across Africa can lower their fuel costs and minimise their impact on the environment with the new range of HHP QSK95 Series generator sets, which are Cummins PowerGen’s most powerful diesel generator sets to date, offering up to 3.5 MW 60 Hz and 3.75 MVA 50 Hz. “They are engineered with the highest kilowatt per square foot ratio in their class, resulting in a smaller footprint that achieves a 20 percent improvement in power density.”The durable and robust QSK95 Series generator sets are “ideally suited for mining, oil and gas, or any project where harsh conditions, challenging environments and the demand for reliable, continuous remote power exist.” The QSK95 Series generator sets are also engineered to deliver reliable, mission critical power protection without interruption. Fewer maintenance requirements, longer service intervals and 25,000 hours to major overhaul make these generator sets “ideal for prime power applications.” The generator sets accept 100% of rated load in a single step, and are ready to accept facility load in less than 10 seconds. With a smaller footprint, the QSK95 Series requires less space to install and, in multiple-generator set applications, fewer generators are required to achieve the necessary power output.Cummins’ latest advancement in Nanonet® technology is the Fleetguard FH239 Series Industrial Pro diesel fuel filtration system and all-in-one fuel/water separator, which will be officially launched locally at the 2015 Mining Indaba, following successful trial runs at mine sites. Cummins Africa Technology training manager Tim Haywood notes that the Fleetguard FH239 Series Industrial Pro has been proven to dramatically extend oil drain intervals, improve overall efficiency and decrease the total cost of ownership on a number of leading OEM machinery and equipment that operate in harsh South African mining conditions. “As of October 2014, independent laboratory tests on fuel analysis revealed that the FH239 filtration system meets internationally-recognised ISO 4406 certification. Efficiency is measured in terms of a Beta (β) ratio. The Beta ratio for parts FS53014 and FS53015 is greater than β1000 @ 7 micron (µ,) compared to the FH234 series with a Beta ratio of β250 @ 7 µ,” he explains.During local testing, the tank level cleanliness started at 22/21/17 – measured at 4 µ, 6 µ and 14 µ respectively. After installing the FH239, the fuel level cleanliness readings were 13/10/6. Following a second stage of filtration using the FF5782 system, the readings reached 10/9/5, which means considerably cleaner fuel, which ultimately results in a longer expected lifespan of the fuel injection system. The FH239 also provides easy maintenance with its self-priming pump.  By simply spinning off the cap, users can pour in fuel and restart the engine with clean, filtered fuel. The clear cover tells users when not to change their filter and offers a window into the system to see fuel condition and flow. This is patented ‘Seeing-is-Believing’ technology, which offers superior effectiveness in removing water and contaminants from the fuel system. Filters can be changed within a matter of minutes. Dry filter changes can be completed by simply draining fuel below the collar and replacing. The design also ensures that there are no hazardous fuel spills either.“Mining machinery is only as reliable as the engine that powers it, which is why the Cummins range of engines has steadily gained strong market share in the African mining industry. Cummins has developed a strong presence in the mining sectors of South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Namibia and Zambia. The Cummins brand of engines has consistently gained popularity with numerous mining houses operating on the African continent in various mining applications, including; gold, diamond, copper, iron ore and coal, due to the fact that the high horse power engines (HHP) have been proven to withstand the harsh operating environment over time. The two most popular series of Cummins engines that are used in the African mining industry, on display at the 2015 Mining Indaba, are the QSK and the K series engines, which power a wide range of mining equipmentsuch as wheel loaders, haul trucks, excavators and large loading shovels.”The range of QSK MCRS series engines are among the most environmentally friendly in the world, and are fully compliant with TierII low emission standards set out by the American government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Compliance with EPA specifications ensures that Cummins QSK series engines minimise environmental damage by generating clean power, while increasing fuel efficiency and lowering operating costs, without affecting the power of the engine. EPA laws are becoming a world standard and, although the specifications are not a legal requirement in a number of African countries yet, it places local fleet owners and mining houses in the perfect position to stay one step ahead of the game by adopting the new technology at an early stage.last_img read more

EHF CL Wisla beat Besiktas

3. MVM Veszprém6411165:152(13)9 Polish runners-up Orlen Wisla Plock made an important step towards TOP 16 by beating Turkish champions Besiktas MOGAZ 32:26 (15:12) at VELUX EHF Champions League Round 7. That was second win for Wisla…Orlen Wisła Płock – Besiktas JK Stambuł 32:26 (15:12)Wisła: Wichary, Corrales – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 1, Racotea 5, Pusica 1, Ghionea 3, Rocha 1, Piechowski 5, Montoro 2, Tarabochia 2, Konitz, Del Toledo 4, Nikcević 3, Żytnikow 5.Besiktas: Kocic, Demir – Mercan, Caliskan 2, Arifoglu, Pribak 5, Guney, Boyar, Buljubasić, Demirezen 3, Dacević 1, Coban 1, Djukić 9, Done 5, Rasić.In the last match of the Group A, RK Celje Pivovarna Laško will meet MVM Veszprem today at 15hrs.STANDINGS: 7. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu7106183:230(-47)2 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…7601226:199(27)12 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …7304179:182(-3)6 2. SG Flensburg-Handewitt7502211:189(22)10 Orlen Wisla Plock 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko6105157:170(-13)2 4. THW Kiel7403206:187(19)8 ← Previous Story Barca’s hero Jallouz for win in derby! Next Story → EHF CL: Routine win for Veszprem in Celje! 6. Orlen Wisla Plock7214189:207(-18)5 read more

Sauver la NouvelleOrléans des eaux dérivation dune partie du Mississippi

first_imgSauver la Nouvelle-Orléans des eaux : dérivation d’une partie du Mississippi Samedi 14 mai, les autorités militaires américaines ont commencé à mettre en œuvre, pour la première fois depuis 38 ans, un gigantesque système de délestage du fleuve Mississippi, actuellement en crue. Il s’agit de sauver les grandes villes de la région en sacrifiant des zones moins peuplées.Un complexe de 125 écluses, une capacité d’évacuation des eaux de 17.000 mètres cubes par seconde : tel est le canal de déversement de Morganza, en Louisiane, dont les ingénieurs de l’armée de Terre américaine ont ouvert une des vannes samedi à 20h00 GMT, pour la première fois depuis 1973 et la deuxième fois seulement depuis sa construction en 1954. Le but : délester le Mississippi en crue, dont le débit a atteint 42.500 mètres cubes par seconde, d’une partie de ses eaux, et éviter aux villes de Baton Rouge et de la Nouvelle-Orléans les pires inondations de leur histoire.À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceLe prix de cette opération est énorme : comprenant des habitations, des fermes isolées, un parc naturel et une petite raffinerie de pétrole, c’est toute une partie du bassin de l’Atchafalaya, un affluent du Mississippi, soit environ 7.770 kilomètres carrés de terres marécageuses et agricoles, qui seront inondées durant plusieurs semaines par les flots ainsi détournés du fleuve, à raison de 280 mètres cubes par seconde, dans un premier temps. Des personnes ont, bien sûr, dû être préalablement évacuées.”C’est une situation tragique pour tout le monde en Amérique, et bien sûr pour les gens qui habitent dans le bassin de l’Atchafalaya et à Morgan City. Nous sommes de tout coeur avec eux”, a déclaré le maire de la Nouvelle Orléans, Mitch Landrieu, soucieux de sauver sa ville, encore marquée par le passage de l’ouragan Katrina en 2005.Le 16 mai 2011 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Google est disponible sur liPhone

first_imgGoogle + est disponible sur l’iPhoneLe réseau social made in Google a fait son apparition sur l’AppStore d’Apple pour être utilisé sur l’iPhone.Alors que Google + n’est disponible qu’en version bêta pour les internautes, qui doivent posséder une invitation pour s’y inscrire, la version pour iPhone est désormais disponible sur l’AppStore. Gratuite, elle peut être téléchargée librement par les utilisateurs du smartphone d’Apple, explique Cnet France.À lire aussiVaricelle, perturbateurs endocriniens et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 juinCette application, qui porte le numéro de version 1.0, permet d’afficher le flux des messages ou les cercles caractéristiques du réseau social de Google. Compatible avec les modèles 3G, 3GS ou l’iPhone 4, l’application Google + permet aussi d’envoyer un message ou de commenter ceux de ses contacts. Néanmoins, il faudra encore attendre avant qu’elle soit disponible sur l’iPod Touch et l’iPad. « S’il vous plait, laissez nous du temps, nous assurerons la prise en charge de ces appareils très bientôt », a répondu l’un des ingénieurs de Google sur son profil Google+ aux internautes qui se plaignaient de l’absence de compatibilité avec ces autres appareils, comme le rapporte Le 20 juillet 2011 à 11:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La Centers top cop retires

first_imgAt La Center Police Chief Tim Hopkin’s retirement party, city council members, friends, family and chiefs and sheriffs from all over the county showed up to congratulate him on 41 years of serving in law enforcement, and to wish him good luck.“Good luck? Why do they keep wishing me good luck?” the 64-year-old asked as he shook hands and gave hugs at the Tuesday party.Today is his last day of work. When asked what he’ll do after he retires, Hopkin shrugged.“I don’t know,” he said.In 1971, he started out as an officer in San Clemente, Calif., at one point serving as a guard for President Richard Nixon and later working for the State Gambling Commission and the State Liquor Board.He began working for the La Center Police Department in 1985 when the department had only one other officer and the town’s population was 400. He became police chief in 1996.“In many ways, I grew with the community,” Hopkin said.And they grew to know him.At the party, there was a cake made out of Twinkies with Hopkin’s name on it, written in cursive, and balloons attached to boxes of Twinkies. During a winter holiday festival, community members found out he liked them and Hopkins has been receiving boxes of Twinkies ever since.last_img read more

15 killed after container truck collides with bus in Maharashtras Dhule

first_imgThe cause of the incident has not been ascertained yet. TwitterAt least 15 people were killed and 23 injured after a container truck collided with a state transport bus in Maharashtra’s Dhule district on Sunday, August 18.The crash took place at around 10:30 pm on the Shahada-Dondaicha road near Nimgul village. The Aurangabad-bound bus was reportedly carrying 45 people. The cause of the incident has not been ascertained yet.”The truck came speeding towards the bus and ran through almost the entire length of the bus. Eleven people were killed on the spot and 25 were injured,” senior police inspector Hemant Patil of Dondaicha police station was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. The injured were rushed to a Dhule state hospital, an official reportedly said. The bodies of the deceased have been sent to Dondaicha primary health centre for post-mortem . A case of accidental death was registered at Dondaicha police station of Dhule police’s Shirpur division.Dhule’s Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Raju Bhujbal announced that the kin of the deceased will be given an ex-gratia amount of Rs 15,000 and the injured passengers will be given Rs 1,000 each.last_img read more

Several killed in suspected Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

first_imgHeavily armed fighters in all-terrain vehicles stormed the town of Kukawa, some 180 kilometres (112 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, and opened fire on police and a local market.Kukawa, near Lake Chad, has been repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram, forcing Nigeria’s state-run oil company to abandon prospecting and drilling.The latest attack happened on Monday and was slow to emerge because telecommunications in Borno have been largely destroyed by five years of violence. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThey (the gunmen) killed several people, especially around the market, where traders had gone for commercial activities,’ the Kukawa local government chairman Modu Musa ‘They burnt the whole market, the police station, government lodge, dozens of vehicles and most houses in the town in indiscriminate rocket and bomb attacks.’Police officers in Kukawa initially intercepted the insurgents on the outskirts of the town and engaged them in a fight but were forced to retreat because of the gunmen’s superior firepower. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanHundreds of residents fled to Maiduguri, joining tens of thousands of others who have abandoned their homes and livelihoods as a result of sustained attacks in Borno and two neighbouring states. Nigeria’s government earlier this month announced that they had secured a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram and an agreement to release 219 schoolgirls abducted from their Borno school in mid-April.But violence and further kidnappings have continued unabated.last_img read more

Recap All traffic held due to accident on M6 in Staffordshire

first_imgUPDATE: This accident has now cleared and all lanes have reopened All traffic is being held on the M6 motorway in Staffordshire due to an accident this evening. Police are at the scene of the accident on the northbound carriageway between Junction 13 (Stafford South) and junction 14 (Stafford North). The accident is believed to have taken place shortly before 6pm tonight (Sunday October 21). We have no information on how many vehicles are involved at this stage – although at least one is a lorry. A Highways England spokesman said: “Traffic has been stopped on the M6 northbound in Staffordshire between J13 and J14 to clear a collision. “Central Motorway Police Group remain at the scene. We’ll get you moving asap. Thanks for your patience. ” We’ll bring you further updates on this incident as we get them on the live feed below. Read MoreWatch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.18:19End of live feedThis live feed will now close down.18:09Highways England confirm all lanes have reopenedA Highways England spokesman said:All lanes have now re-opened on M6 northbound in Staffordshire between J13 and J14 following a collision. Have a safe onward journey. Thank you. “18:09Lanes reopenedQueueing traffic due to earlier accident, lorry involved on M6 Northbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J14 A5013 (Stafford North). All lanes have been re-opened.Traffic was being held to assist with recovery of a lorry that was stranded in lanes two and three (of three) however traffic has now been released and the vehicles involved have been recovered as of 18:05. 18:06Highways England commentA Highways England spokesman said: “Traffic has been stopped on M6 northbound in Staffordshire between J13 and J14 to clear a collision. Officers remain at the scene. We’ll get you moving asap. Thanks for your patience”18:06All traffic now being heldStationary traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and accident on M6 Northbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J14 A5013 (Stafford North).Traffic is being held to assist with recovery of a lorry that is stranded in lanes two and three (of three).last_img read more

4 injured in crash on R103 near Ladysmith

first_imgA bakkie was involved in a crash on the R103 yesterday afternoon (October 5).It is alleged that the driver lost control, which caused the vehicle to veer off the road.The bakkie was carrying a trailer at the time.Also read: Truck jackknifes on Van Reenen’s Pass, closing the roadAlso read: Bakkie and kudu collide on N3 up Van Reenen’s Pass, killing 1 personFour people sustained slight injuries and were treated at the scene by paramedics. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Hong Kong Disney gets 14B Frozen expansion

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> HONG KONG — The Walt Disney Co. and Hong Kong are launching a $1.4 billion USD expansion of the southern Chinese city’s Disneyland resort that includes the company’s first themed areas based on the movie “Frozen” and Marvel superhero characters.The Hong Kong government, which owns a controlling stake in the resort, said Tuesday it signed an agreement with Disney for the expansion, which also calls for renovating the park’s castle and adding an attraction based on Disney’s new animated film “Moana.”Work on the 10.9 billion Hong Kong dollar ($1.4 billion) expansion is scheduled to run from 2018 to 2023.Hong Kong is striving to improve its competitiveness as an Asian tourism destination following the June launch of Shanghai Disneyland, a $5.5 billion resort that many had feared would siphon off mainland Chinese visitors to the Hong Kong park.Hong Kong Disneyland lost HK$148 million in its most recent financial year as attendance fell 9 per cent, following three years of profit. The park, which opened in 2005, was criticized in its early years for being too small and having too few big-ticket rides.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongNew attractions and facilities have been added over the years. An “Iron Man” land is due to open in January followed by an Explorers Lodge hotel later in the year.Costs will be divided according to ownership, with the Hong Kong government, which owns 53 per cent of the park, contributing $748 million. Walt Disney Co. will put in the remaining $658 billion.Disney’s board and Hong Kong’s legislature must approve funding for the project. Posted by Thursday, November 24, 2016 The Canadian Press center_img Share Tags: Disney Hong Kong Disney gets $1.4B Frozen expansionlast_img read more

Costa Rica ranked in top 3 for transparency in Latin America

first_img Facebook Comments No related posts. Costa Rica is one of the least corrupt countries in Latin America. But try telling that to Ticos.Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index ranked Costa Rica third best in Latin America, after Uruguay and Chile, but a series of corruption scandals during the current administration have tainted Ticos’ perceptions of corruption in their country.The anti-corruption organization’s annual index ranks countries on how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be.From sweetheart deals for public works projects to the president flying on a private plane owned by someone with alleged drug cartel links, Costa Rica has seen its share of scandals in government that increase the perception of corruption in recent years. Twenty percent of respondents said that corruption was the main problem facing the country, more than citizen insecurity and unemployment, according to the United Nations Development Program’s 2013 Human Development Index.After expressing her pride in Costa Rica’s leadership in transparency in Latin America, and the country’s ranking of 49th out of 177 globally, President Laura Chinchilla acknowledged that there were mistakes during her administration that hurt the government’s image.“We have also continued to make progress with serious problems in some public works projects that we have discovered or were brought to our attention,” she said in a statement.Corruption observers may view Costa Rica in a relatively positive light, but it’s a harder sell for Ticos, who tend to believe their country is more corrupt than it may actually be, according to survey data from the 2012 Latin American Public Opinion Project.LAPOP noted that perceptions of corruption did not line up with numbers reported for people who said they were the victims of corruption. Over 70 percent of Costa Ricans surveyed said that there were high levels of corruption in Costa Rica. Just over 20 percent, however, reported that they were the victims of corruption.This isn’t the first case of a Costa Rican Cassandra.The same survey noted that Costa Ricans’ perceptions of corruption, along with insecurity, did not necessarily match up with the data. In the case of crime, LAPOP noted that perceptions of high levels of insecurity in San José did not match the actual number of reported crimes.Residents in San José opined that their city was more dangerous than Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the country currently with the infamous title of world’s highest homicide rate, and on par with San Salvador, El Salvador.LAPOP reported in 2012 that perceived corruption in Costa Rica was one of the reasons that Ticos’ support for the current political system and “political tolerance” hit their lowest levels on record since the Vanderbilt University-based program first started collecting data in Costa Rica in 1978.LAPOP noted that support for the democratic system tends to “significantly” decrease by those who have been the victims of corruption. Presidential performance and crime were also among the top reasons for dissatisfaction with the political system, according to the survey.The survey also suggested that media coverage of corruption could also contribute to an exaggerated sense of abuse in government.Haiti got the worst rating in the Western Hemisphere, coming in at 163rd, and the report bashed Guatemala (123) for backsliding more than any other country in the region. There was a three-way tie for the ignoble title of “most corrupt” country in the world between Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia.Canada was the least corrupt country in the Americas and Denmark took the title of most transparent country in the world.Check out this interactive map from Transparency International to see all the countries surveyed. last_img read more

Qantas boost share in Jetstar Japan

first_imgQantas Airways and Japan Airlines equally increased their equity shares in Jetstar Japan in order to support future fleet and infrastructure growth. Earlier this year, Qantas reduced its maximum planned equity investment in Jetstar Hong Kong by US$33 million, after a third shareholder invested in the budget airline. The new equity injection will enable Jetstar Japan to capitalise on the increasingly significant potential of low cost carriers within the world’s third largest economy. Jetstar Japan commenced operations on 1 July 2012 and operates a fleet of 18 aircraft to nine destinations, carrying over 3 million passengers as the largest low cost carrier operating in Japan. The two international airlines combined equity injection totals approximately AU$120 million, in the form of non-voting shares, raising their economic interest from 41.7 percent to 45.7 percent each. Minor shareholders, Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing, have reduced their stake in the budget carrier from 8.3 percent to 4.3 percent each. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more